Hyderabad: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao's daughter has now jumped to her father's defence who is being criticised for threatening to bury media if it continues to insult the NEW TRS government here.
As per reports, KCR's daughter Kavitha said that the local TV channels used "vulgar language" in a programme that parodied KCR and his his ministers.
Speaking to a private news channel, Kavitha said, “It is not fair to play one part of the story. You must watch what these TV channels say about the elected govt. They use foul language. Serious legal action must be taken against the two channels."
The TRS MP also emphasised that the state government had no role to play in the TV channels being virtually blacked out in the state.
Her remarks came a day after KCR, as the CM is popularly called, said in a public speech yesterday that he would "bury alive TV channels that have dared to insult the Telangana assembly, its MLAs, and Telangana's self-respect."
He did not name anyone but was clearly referring to two Telugu channels - TV9 and ABN Andhra Jyoti - that have been protesting against what they call an unofficial ban on their transmission in Telangana within a few weeks of their airing the satire on June 2, the day the government was sworn in.
"We will bury them some 10 km. We won't hesitate to break their neck and then throw them out," the chief minister of the three-month old state said, adding that those who want to continue to operate in the state "should learn to salute and respect" the people of Telangana or worse awaits them.
Meanwhile, journalists from two Telugu news channels Wednesday staged a protest in front of Raj Bhavan here demanding the lifting of a ban on their channels in Telangana.
Police arrested about 70 employees of the two channels for staging a sit-in, seeking intervention of Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan. The journalists of TV9 and ABN Andhra Jyoti and other mediapersons supporting them alleged that police arrested them although they had gathered peacefully in a bid to meet the governor.
The signals of the two channels have been blacked out by cable operators in Telangana since June after they telecast programmes allegedly ridiculing Telangana leaders. The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government has clarified that it has not imposed ban on the channels but the Multi System Operators (MSOs) have blacked out their signals.
"We have nothing to do with it. Let them discuss the issue with MSOs and sort it out," said Information Technology Minister K. Tarakarama Rao.
Wearing black badges, the journalists today tried to disrupt Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhara Rao's visit to Warangal district. They also staged protest at his official residence in Hyderabad and also at Raj Bhavan.
They also lodged their protest during a press conference by Tarakarama Rao, son of the chief minister.